Set in the glorious Tuscan countryside, yet only 20 minutes from the world class sights of Florence
Lazy days by the secluded outdoor pool (open May through October)
The staff is delightful and goes the extra mile to be helpful
It feels like staying at the country pad of rather grand friends
What To Know
The property dates from the 15th century
An intimate retreat with just 24 guestrooms
Rates include access to the wellness center, which is equipped with saunas and massage rooms
A city tax of approximately $3 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
Parking on site
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Rural Renaissance villa in Tuscany's Chianti wine region, a 20-minute drive from Florence
Dating from the 15th century, this classic Tuscan Renaissance villa is surrounded by olive and cypress trees in the Chianti Gallo Nero wine region, nine miles south of Florence. Owned by the Vitta brothers (whose parents lived here until the late 1980s), the villa has the feel of a private home, with family antiques, prints and paintings filling the public rooms and guestrooms. But this is no museum, and rather than feeling austere, the place is made very cozy by warm pastel paintwork, bright rugs, soft lighting and pretty Indian bedspreads. The graceful arched loggia and the west-facing terraces are perfect spots for sunset aperitivi.
Bed and Bath
Accessed via a warren of staircases and corridors, many of the 24 attractive bedrooms have four-poster beds hung with fine Tuscan linens. Even the smallest Classic Rooms are a decent size (up to 269 square feet), and some of the Junior Suites come with sofabeds. All are beautifully furnished with antique chests, bedside tables and desks, while framed prints brighten the pastel walls. The white tile bathrooms are charming; most have tubs as well and showers, and one has frescoes over a clawfoot bathtub. And there are olive oil–based bath products from a local company.
The restaurant serves delicious Tuscan specialties using home-grown organic produce and the house olive oil. It features a vaulted ceiling and striking red walls, and it spills out onto a wide terrace (weather permitting) with magical views. Breakfast includes homemade cakes, scrambled eggs, prosciutto and local cheeses, and there’s a light lunch menu too, if you want to stay put and laze by the pool. There’s no bar as such, but there's an honesty bar system in the main drawing room. The small spa offers saunas and massages.
In the Area
Il Poggiale lies at the heart of the Chianti wine-producing DOC, which offers plenty of opportunities for wine tasting. The property is only a 20-minute drive from Florence, but San Gimignano and Siena are also within easy reach. The smaller towns of Certaldo, Volterra and Monteriggioni are also worth a visit. Nearby restaurants include the Michelin-starred Osteria di Passignano, which offers a creative take on the local cuisine, Rinuccio 1180, at the stunning new Antinori winery, and the relaxed Cinque Divino. There's wonderful walking just outside or, if you want a more unusual perspective on the area, the Tuscany Ballooning hot air balloon company is based in nearby San Casciano.